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: November 14, 2011, 12:19:30 AM

Some sort of change has to be coming for Bucs



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Raheem Morris laid the blame for Sunday's debacle against Houston at his own feet.

 
By JOE HENDERSON | The Tampa Tribune
Published: November 14, 2011
Updated: November 14, 2011 - 12:00 AM
 
TAMPA --
 Raheem Morris says everyone should blame him for Sunday's debacle. That seems like a good place to start.

The head coach doesn't block, tackle, run routes or throw passes, but when the whole team melts down, you start looking at the guy wearing headsets. Those who invested the afternoon at Raymond James Stadium can testify the Buccaneers were listless, futile, and appeared to have only a trace amount of interest in playing this football game.

The 37-9 loss to Houston was so hideous it brought back memories of the time John McKay told his defeated team, "Those who need showers, take them."

It was so bad, cornerback Ronde Barber came into a near-empty locker room after a lengthy post-game meeting with Morris and decided to hold his tongue, at least for the moment. You have to understand, Barber is the sage voice of reason on this team. He can always be counted on for insight.

But this time, Barber said he will wait until today to have his say. As he angrily grabbed for his jacket, sending a couple of hangers flying, he stared into his locker and said to no one in particular, "I've never been so despondent after a loss."

Barber has had his coach's back since Morris took over 2- seasons ago, so I won't put words in his mouth this time. I can only say what I saw. I have never seen a team so seemingly ill-prepared to play.

The game plan on both sides of the ball was ripped straight from Rick Perry's debate playbook, right down to three more interceptions by Josh Freeman to go with four sacks.

The one thing we've consistently heard is the Bucs play hard for Morris, but it sure didn't look like it. I'd suggest Morris faces the biggest crisis of his career. There is some nobility in his willingness to look for swords to fall upon, but the fact they are needed speaks volumes.

"The funny thing is, he told us to tell you guys to lay it on him," center Jeff Faine said. "I'm not buying that. That's the easy way out for the players to do that, and it's not (right). Players make the plays; coaches call the plays. We have to execute those plays."

This is a lot worse than anything Morris went through in a 3-13 first season because the Bucs were rebuilding and there were no expectations. It's a lot different now. The Bucs expected to qualify for the playoffs, but they're 4-5 and going to Green Bay next week. A loss there would be the fourth in a row.

This type of spiral can lead to regime change. Sunday's announced crowd was 56,037, but I can tell you with relative certainty the actual attendance was a lot less. By the third quarter it looked like the kind of crowd you'd see for a bad high school game. Those who did remain occasionally summoned enough interest to boo what they were seeing.

The head coach says to blame him.

"It was my fault my fault, guys," Morris said.

If you're the Glazers and see a team cart-wheeling to the earth in a fireball, crashing in front of an ocean of empty seats, in a market where the sports dollar is stretched thin, you may feel compelled to act.

They weren't shy about firing Tony Dungy when things went sour. They didn't hesitate to fire Jon Gruden. I'm just sayin'

That's the type of door a game like this opened. If this doesn't get better, quickly, those fans who still care will demand a show of commitment from the owner.

Morris promised a get-tough policy for the coming week. His lads can expect to practice in full pads with heavy hitting. It shouldn't be a problem, since they shouldn't be tuckered out from this game.

"We missed a lot of tackles," said newcomer Albert Haynesworth, who, all things considered, seemed to play pretty well. "We shouldn't be missing tackles. So that's fair, it's definitely fair."

He needs to do something. Raheem Morris is a bright, likeable man perhaps too well liked. It's one thing to protect the players by asking for all the blame, but that's not the total answer.

A little fear can be a good thing. His players may need to learn that because a game like this screams for change.

One way or another, change is coming.

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#1 : November 14, 2011, 12:20:42 AM

Resign Raheem. Take the classy way out because it's only going to get worse.

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#2 : November 14, 2011, 12:22:00 AM

I really liked Rah....I really, truly did....

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#3 : November 14, 2011, 12:26:50 AM

He needs to cut Sean Jones and Quincy Black if he wants to get everyone's attention.

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#4 : November 14, 2011, 12:28:45 AM

Resign Raheem. Take the classy way out because it's only going to get worse.

He won't be resigning and that wouldn't be the classy thing to do. They'll probably fire him at season's end. In the meantime,
Olson needs to be fired now.

And, btw, calling him "Broheem" is far from classy.

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#5 : November 14, 2011, 12:42:29 AM

If i had to guess, it would be Olsen.





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#6 : November 14, 2011, 01:07:13 AM

Not my nickname, ufojoe. Sorry if it bothers you.

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#7 : November 14, 2011, 01:14:07 AM

Not my nickname, ufojoe. Sorry if it bothers you.

So, if somebody calls him somebody really derogatory (like Radio) and you use it, your excuse is, "It's not my nickname?"

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#8 : November 14, 2011, 01:19:10 AM

I meant to be irreverent, but not annoy you. That's all.
I don't care if he's annoyed because there's no slur or racist aspect to it. He's a lousy coach over his head and that's about it.
Should a lousy coach be belittled? Right now the entire organization deserves scorn.

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#9 : November 14, 2011, 01:32:43 AM

Angrily grabbed his jacket?    Interesting, looks like something is cooking.   I don't believe they make a coaching change mid-season though.    Unless they announce tomorrow Ronde is retiring effective now and he will be taking over as head coach.


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#10 : November 14, 2011, 01:34:34 AM

I dissagree, Jersey.

Bad coach or not--that's up to you--no reason to scorn if it's done in bad taste.

As for the organization...not everyone.

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#11 : November 14, 2011, 01:35:20 AM

I can imagine Ronde retiring. Not sure how that would help. He sure would be missed, but you couldn't blame him if he decided enough is enough.

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#12 : November 14, 2011, 01:37:19 AM

I can imagine Ronde retiring. Not sure how that would help. He sure would be missed, but you couldn't blame him if he decided enough is enough.



I imagine that was the gist of the meeting.  He has to be disgusted seeing that piss poor defense around him.


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#13 : November 14, 2011, 01:39:25 AM

Bad taste? OK, so let's pile on me then. Make me the scapegoat.
What I meant in my nickname was BRO (as in he's everybody's buddy)-heem. He's too buddy buddy with the team.
I didn't mean BRO, as in ''brothers,'' as in derogatory ''he's one of the brothas.''
I apologize if anyone was offended, but I'm annoyed now. I'm not a racist person and to take it to saying I made a comment in bad taste OFFENDS the hell out of me.

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#14 : November 14, 2011, 01:41:25 AM

While I don't think he would put himself before the team after being here in 2009...he has a right to be upset. Retiring due to it? I don't see it. Not until the season is over at the very least.

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